Sunday Coffee with Parents Like Us

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May 132012

Happy Mother’s Day! It is such a special day to reflect on how lucky we are to be a mum and of course to be spoilt a little by our loved ones. When you shop online you sometimes forget that behind most children’s stores are actually mums just like you and me. Mums who work hard running their family at home and juggle a business on top of that, it is not always easy!

Today we are enjoying a virtual coffee with one of those lovely mums, meet the gorgeous Marie from Parents Like Us.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
My ideal Sunday would be a sleep in, anything after 7am is great! It involves attempting to read the Sunday Paper (this usually takes me the whole week though). Baking cupcakes with my girls (Kayla & Georgia), which we love doing together although there is always a massive clean-up after! And preferably eating out or getting takeaway with family and friends. My husband (Jeff) doesn’t work weekends, so if I get some ‘me’ time in it’s even better, and of course it depends a lot on if the Bulldogs are playing. Got to love football season … not!

What do you like most about running Parents Like Us?
Definitely connecting with our customers and community. Our aim from the beginning has always been to pass on our own experience through our products and service (hence our name), as well as continuing to refine our own parenting skills form what we learn through our customers. It’s great when customers love our products as much as we do and extremely rewarding when we have happy customers who keep coming back, as well as referring family and friends.

Making mistakes we enjoy too, which might sound odd, but it’s a great learning experience we use to improve what we do as is the challenge of achieving the work/life balance with young children.

What can we expect of Parents Like Us in the future?
On the product front, we will be definitely adding funky and innovative products to our range. Being a ‘boutique’ we are selective about what we stock, which means you shouldn’t expect to see thousands of products only those we consider ‘essential’ or ‘classics’ and of course they will be tried and tested by parents like us.

Growing our little parenting community is definitely one of our goals. We plan to achieve this by making what we do more interactive and engaging through participation in community events, polls and reaching out to guest bloggers (if you are interested get in touch!).

Our website is also undergoing a major upgrade too which we hope to have completed by Christmas. The upgrade aims at adding many customer centric features like social engagement and incentive referrals, repeat customer recognition, loyalty programs, a completely new blog and a streamlined interface making the online shopping experience even simpler.

What is your favourite item in store?
We have many favourites! At the top of the list would have to be our Fetal Dopplers. The re assurance that a Fetal Doppler provides is second to none and they have proven to be hugely popular. Fetal Dopplers were the original plan for our store and differentiates us to competitors. We have always been extremely motivated in stocking quality Doppler’s aiming to place them in reach of expecting parents, by making them affordable, without compromising on quality.

The Baby Zoo Sleep Trainer Clock aka ‘Momo’ comes in second. Apart from being adorably cute ‘Momo’ teaches children when it’s time to sleep, and when it’s time to wake using a combination of eye moving actions, lights and jungle noises! ‘Momo’ has definitely been a sanity saver for both our customers and us (as parents) and epitomises everything about being innovative when it comes to children’s products.

How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day?
Last year Jeff, Kayla and Georgia surprised me with breakfast in bed, well almost, Gloria Jeans coffee and raspberry/ banana bread at the breakfast table, along with a card that the kids had recorded their mother days messages on. Hope I get the same this year! This will be followed by getting together with my mum, and my MIL, SIL and the rest of the clan. No cooking or chores all day! Can we make it Mother’s week, instead of Mother’s day?

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to browse the range and to order online visit Australian orders over $50 are shipped free of charge and right now you can enjoy 20% off storewide at Parents Like Us. Simply enter the code ‘MUM20’ at checkout, hurry though as offer ends May 13, 2012.

Nov 142011

Last month we spent a few days in a rented holiday house close to the beach and had a fantastic time. After our first get-away experience in July I was not as worried about the kids sleeping in a strange environment but you never know how things will go. This time the twins got their very own bedroom with two bunk beds which they thought was very exciting. I am sure the combination of tiring play at the beach and their own selection of things from home is the reason why they slept brilliantly. Of course we took the BabyZoo Sleep Trainer Clock (because no one likes getting up early, especially not on a holiday) as well as their BabyZoo Night Lights from Parents Like Us.

Of course the BabyZoo Night Light ($29.90, available in green and pink), also known as Gus the Turtle, looks absolutely adorable and any child who has seen the move Finding Nemo will love getting their own little turtle buddy. However there is more to this night light than just the looks. These lights are battery operated (2x AA) so you won’t need a power point (perfect for on trips and holidays!) and they don’t get warm so kids can safely hold their glowing friend in their little hands.

My kids have always slept with a night light and I know it comforts them to watch the light when they go to sleep or wake up during the night. The BabyZoo Night Light switches on by pressing the turtle’s shell and switches off by pressing it again so it’s easy for the kids to do themselves (saves mum having to go in!). The four different time settings allow the light to stay on for 10, 20 or 30 minutes or even all night through, until turned off.

Parents Like Us offers a carefully selected range of items, picked by and for parents just like us. The store is relatively new and the range is purposely kept small, focusing only on hip, innovative baby essentials that you won’t find in every store. One of their opening specials is 30% off selected Cherub Baby products. You can pick up a 2-pack of Colour Changing Natribottles for just $21.95 (RRP $31.95), they change colour when the milk is too hot for your baby (how easy!) and of course they are BPA free.

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to browse the range and to order online visit Australian orders over $50 are shipped free of charge.

For your chance to win a BabyZoo Night Light visit and answer the following question: Aside from the current range, which other item(s) would you like to see in store?

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Competition ends December 14, 2011. Sorry, Australian entries only.